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Oct 1, 2014 - El Morro National Monument

Took the Inscription Rock Trail. Very Interesting. El Morro National Monument Wikipedia

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Aug 1, 2014 - El Morro National Monument, New Mexico

We got an early start on our journey home. We left Sedona, AZ headed north on Hwy 89 through Oak Creek canyon then up the Mogollon Rim to Flagstaff, AZ. Picking up I-40, we headed east. Our plan was to visit El Morro National Monument on the way to Santa Rosa, NM. Leaving the interstate just east of Chambers, AZ, we took Hwy 191 south to Hwy 61 where we turned east. State Hwy 61 leaves Arizona and becomes New Mexico State Hwy 53 and goes through the Zuni Pueblo and on to El Morro National Monument near Ramah, NM. The National Park Service...

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Mar 12, 2012 - El Morro & El Malpais National Monuments

March 12 El Morro and El Malpais Paso por Aqui: Passed by here. El Morro is a site that has had human activity for over 2000 years. First were the Puebloans who migrated here from further north. The Zuni nation then played a central role in the transmission of trade items and cultural values. Atsinna Ruins atop the El Morro mesa dates from the late 1200’s. They only lived here 75 years before the ruins were abandoned. El Morro boosts a year round hidden pool so was attractive to many travelers through this area. There are over 2000...

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Oct 12, 2010 - El Morro NM

There is a big loop road with a few attractions on it, so it was quite the day trip! El Morro is a huge sandstone rock with petroglyphs and inscriptions on it. Inscriptions date from 1605 to 1906, when it became a national monument and inscriptions had to stop. While there are other huge rocks around here, this one was important because of the pool of water at the bottom. Here, it is important to see the introductory film before walking the trail around the rock in order to get the whole story. There is a trail that goes to the top of the...

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May 5, 2009 - El Morro

Again, we were off early and headed for Gallup, New Mexico. On our last stop before getting into Gallup, we met a woman who owns an RV Park in El Morro, New Mexico. It was about 45 miles out of our way and put us on an entirely different route, but it was worth it. We got off I40 and took Route 53, which essentially becomes a loop and runs back into I40 a number of miles down the road. Route 53 bypasses the Ice Caves and the El Morro National Monument (didn't know there was an El Morro National Monument). It's a really pretty drive and the...

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Feb 8, 2008 - Uranium, Ancient Graffiti, Craters and Larva

Using Grants, New Mexico our base we first visited the New Mexico Mining Museum in Grants which outlined the history of the uranium mining industry in the area. One of the exhibits was a replica of a uranium mine which explained the mining process. Very informative. From Grant we drove to the El Morro National Monument. On a main east-west trail, dating from antiquity, rises a great sandstone promontory with a pool of water at its base. The Zuni Indians, whose Puebloan ancestors lived here, called it Atsinna-“place of writings on the rock”....

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